April 26, 2018
Brandon and Kendra’s Shenandoah Mountains elopement was nothing short of breathtaking, you guys. I met Kendra a few years ago one summer when meeting her sister, Brittany, and her (now) husband, Alex. I instantly adored her and her sister’s adventurous spirits, and it broke my heart knowing I was unavailable when Brandon contacted me to meet him up on the popular McAfee Knob at sunrise to photograph the moment he’d propose to Kendra. It turns out, though, despite being unable to capture that big moment, Kendra still wanted me to photograph their wedding.
Fast forward to this year, Brandon and Kendra decided to forgo the big wedding and elope. After some planning and scheming, I knew exactly where I wanted to take them. Shenandoah National Park is full of epic views, hiking trails, and gorgeous waterfalls, and what better way to photograph and adventurous couple than to do a Shenandoah Mountains elopement? I knew they’d be up for some hiking and a little rock climbing, so there’d be no problems getting to some of the incredible spots I knew of and that we discovered. (And a huge thank you to my best friend, Sarah, for being my company and the official bouquet transporter. It’s time you move to VA and become my partner.)
We arrived at Shenandoah National Park on a mild, but beautiful Friday afternoon and hiked to the falls. You guys, Brandon and Kendra were amazing and perfectly represent my kinds of couples: fearless, connected, and incredible at cuddling up and getting caught up in each other. (Because, honestly, is there any other way to be in a moment like this?) They climbed the moss-covered rocks, playfully assisting each other, stealing kisses and quiet moments, and had no problem tip-toeing into the freezing cold pool at the bottom of the falls for a quick “dip”.
After the pretty awesome hike back up, we hopped into my Jeep and took to some of the incredible spots I knew would be full of perfect light, those remarkable Shenandoah Mountains, and the winds that always so beautifully create movement. Just wait until you see this Shenandoah Mountains elopement, you guys. Sunkissed, stolen kisses, wind dancing through Kendra’s hair, bare feet, and two loves twirling in meadows. It may all sound so cheesy, but this is exactly why I do what I do. It’s these moments with two people wrapped up in each other, celebrating life and love. It’s all about our new beginnings and forevers.
And catching the perfect sunset.